We are currently waiting for our first dinner not at Tanga Fresh (kinda miss the place, but perhaps we’ll go back tomorrow). The “Jes Res” of Dar es Salaam invited us for a little party, well dinner.

Yesterday (don’t know fluent Swahili quite yet, we’re working on it), we sat in a classroom with a Jesuit Volunteer. She was teaching 12 to 15-year-olds “Oral English.” We were their class project for the day, but Miss Susie quickly gave us an assignment too. We were to sit with 4-6 students and exchange names, age, place of birth, what we want to be when we grow up (our answer: I still don’t know), and differences between the U.S. and Tanzania. Let us just note how well these students’ English is. Probably better than my English when I was their age – or maybe even now still. One of the students said that we have zoos while Tanzania has National Parks. We have cooler weather, while it is “winter” here now and a gazillion degrees. Annie asked one of her students, “Is this your winter?” He responded, “Uh, no. We have dry and wet. No winter.” Very true. And Miss Susie moved onto similarities, one student stated, “We are all people.” And another, “We are all alive.” Some pretty powerful stuff from a 14-year-old.

After our tour of the school, Fr. Don Ward – an American Jesuit/Hippie (aren’t they all?) who has been living in Tanzania for two-ish years – took us on a tour of Dar. As Matt called it, “The March of the Mzungus.” For those of you who might not know Swahili as fluently as we do, “mzungu” is what you call white people as they walk through an African villiage. Even in complete darkness (which starts around 7pm – it’s winter, after all.)

Today – today we visited Pasada. It’s an acronym for the people of Dar es Salaam against AIDS. After a bus that arrived on Tanzania time (an hour late), we split up into three groups and went on home visits with volunteers/doctors/nurses to visit people who are infected with HIV/AIDS and TB. As you can imagine, it is hard to really describe our experiences. It was a very intense and overwhelming morning.

More to follow…

Annie and Jenn


6 Responses to “Mambo?”

  1. 1 Marianne Grace July 6, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks! Mom

  2. 2 Ron Grace July 6, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Please tell Kelly that we took care of her request. I don’t know if she can check her personal e-mail account.
    Hope you all are having fun. It sure sounds as if you are.


  3. 3 Marianne and Ron Grace July 7, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Hi guys, we are thinking of you all of the time. Please post some pictures if you can. We love hearing about your trip. You are really conveying a great sense of your community. All our love. Mom

  4. 4 Grace and Randy July 8, 2007 at 12:48 am

    It sounds like an intense and wonderful time. Learn and teach lots.
    Be safe and take care. Grace and Randy (Kelly’s aunt & uncle from CA)

  5. 5 Bob and Barbara List July 8, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Kelly Grace:
    Sounds like you are having a wonderful experience, be careful, stay safe, can’t wait to see
    your pictures.
    Bob and Barbara (Kelly Grace’s aunt and uncle from Pa.)

  6. 6 Katie, Cheech and Michael Davis July 9, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Hey Matt and friends! Sounds like you are having a great time and eating some good chakula (food), learning Swahili myself! We just wanted to say, “hujambo” and let you know that we are thinking and praying for everyone! Can’t wait to hear the stories and see lots of pictures! For now, heri (Good wishes!).

    Love ya!

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